Billed by HBO as the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood, The Idol centers around Tesfaye, who plays Tedros, a cult leader in the entertainment business, and Depp as Jocelyn, a pop star whos one of his followers. Other cast members include Dan Levy, Rachel Sennott, Moses Sumney, and Jennie from Blackpink. Before its televised premiere, The Idol will be screened at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival under the Official Selection Out of Competition banner.
Last month, Rolling Stone published an investigation into The Idol in which sources described staff changes, a new creative direction, and troubling script ideas akin to s3xual torture porn that were allegedly thrown out. Amy Seimetz originally signed on to direct the show, but left last year with most of the show filmed. The production crew expected a new director to film the finale and wrap production, but instead sources told Rolling Stone that Levinson scrapped the nearly complete $54-75 million project to rewrite and reshoot the entire thing.
The Weeknd made a surprise appearance at Coachella over the weekend, joining Metro Boomins closing set in the Sahara Tent to perform six songs. One of the tracks, titled Double Fantasy, is from The Idol Vol. 1 and marked the first time hes ever performed it live.